How to ripen a green tomato

19 Sep

Do you have tomatoes that haven’t ripened yet {and might not at this point in the season}?

Wondering what to do with them?

Watch as Silas shows you what we do with our green {and half-red} tomatoes.

Want to learn more about what makes tomatoes ripen?

Mature green tomatoes give off a gas, called ethylene, which aids in the ripening process.  This gas normally blows around in the wind while the tomatoes are outside growing on the plant, thereby causing the ripening time to be drawn out.  If you are running out of time in the season, and are worried your tomatoes wont ripen before the frost sets in, you can place the green {or even partially-red} tomatoes in a paper bag on your counter. The paper bag will hold in the ethylene gas, allowing those green tomatoes to ripen more quickly.


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4 Responses to “How to ripen a green tomato”

  1. Nonna 19. Sep, 2011 at 8:57 am #

    Great idea, Silas. And it works, too. I’m going to eat the one you gave me today with my fresh basil. Maybe I will make a pizza!! Yum.

  2. Nana 19. Sep, 2011 at 8:50 pm #

    Silas. Great way to ripen tomatoes.
    You are doing a great job teaching other kids.

  3. Kristi @ Creative Connections for Kids 25. Sep, 2011 at 6:39 pm #

    I’ve enjoyed reading your gardening posts! The photos are beautiful! Everything is so green! Our yard is brown and crisp…anyway. My grandmothers loved to garden. I have very happy memories of picking vegetables and strawberries with them. :) Kristi

  4. Christy 26. Sep, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    We did this very thing to prevent annoying birds and hungry bunnies from gobbling up all our goods before we got to them. Worked like a dream!

    I love your site, Becky! I’ve been cyber stalking both your blogs ever since Debby’s visit and my discovery of them. You do some very creative and wonderful things. I look forward to your posts!